Saturday was "Earth Day"--"Celebrating 'Mother Earth'". This bothered me. I don't know enough about this day to call it good or bad. But Friday was Good Friday and Sunday was Easter. I felt like this was the world's way of taking the focus off our Lord.
God's Word gives us His thoughts the earth and His control over it. We don't need to praise the earth. The earth praises our Lord as we should freely do.
Ps. 148:7 "Praise the Lord from the earth...you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and cedars. Let them praise the name of the Lord for His name alone is exalted." Ps. 96:12 "Let the fields be jubilant and everything in them, then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy."
Ps. 98:8 "Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy."
This is the verse that is convicting to me.
Luke 19:40 "I tell you He (Jesus) replied, If they keep quiet, the stone will cry out."
Am I praising Him and telling others about Him or does Jesus have to ask the stones to cry out?
Sunset is an hour for quiet reflection. There can be no replay of the day, except in fleeting memory. There can be no rewriting of the script etched upon these hours. With the indelible ink of eternity there has been inscribed upon the page of this eternal sheet of time with something of value or only what is in vain. (W. Phillip Keller)
Psalm 50:1 “The Mighty One, God the Lord speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.”
Luke 7:37 A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume.38As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.
(44)“Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.”
I have to ask myself. I don't have the past this woman.
So do I love Jesus as much as the one who has come a longer way than me? Is my great love showing every moment?
O Father, I pray that my heart is filled with such love for You, that You would say of me, "She Loved Much".
I was heading out about noon today because even though the tornado sirens were going off, I heard the tornado was across town and not near me. I saw this cloud about a mile from the house and thought I would take a few pictures. THEN the windwas suddenly blowing sideways and limbs and twigs flying everywhere ( I was watching for the cow). I turned around and made it back home and waited 15 minutes then headed out again. On the road I just came from there was one tree that went through a car and cut it in half and another tree blocking the road. Scary trip.
Mark 14:35 "They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.... 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”
"When He rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, He found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow." Luke 22:45
Sorrow is overwhelming and exhausting.
Beth Moore called our place of sorrow--"further still". In Matthew it says He left His disciples and went further still. Beth says there is a time when friends can only go so far with you, then they must stop and pray and you must go alone and meet with your God. You can't look to friends for this comfort or you will be discouraged. They can't give you the peace that Jesus can. God wants you to come alone with Him. You have to work this out with God. Acceptance is the end result. A place of honesty where you may wrestle with the will of God. You can take your bitterness there. It is a place where you emerged changed. We must all journey through the darkness of our own Gethsemane. Having accept the Father's Will over our own, we are then ready to face our own Calvary. Be willing to pay the price to gain something worthwhile in the end.